Selected Tales

ISBN : 9780199555581

Jacob Grimm; Wilhelm Grimm; Joyce Crick
416 ページ
130 x 196 mm
Oxford World's Classics

Once upon a time in mid-winter, when the snowflakes were falling from the sky like down, a queen was sitting and sewing at a window ...' The tales gathered by the Grimm brothers are at once familiar, fantastic, homely, and frightening. They seem to belong to no time, or to some distant feudal age of fairytale imagining. Grand palaces, humble cottages, and the forest full of menace are their settings; and they are peopled by kings and princesses, witches and robbers, millers and golden birds, stepmothers and talking frogs. Regarded from their inception both as uncosy nursery stories and as raw material for the folklorist the tales were in fact compositions, collected from literate tellers and shaped into a distinctive kind of literature. This new translation mirrors the apparent artlessness of the Grimms, and fully represents the range of less well-known fables, morality tales, and comic stories as well as the classic tales. It takes the stories back to their roots in German Romanticism and includes variant stories and tales that were deemed unsuitable for children. In her fascinating introduction, Joyce Crick explores their origins, and their literary evolution at the hands of the Grimms.
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Note on the Text
Note on the Translation
Select Bibliography
A Chronology of the Grimm Brothers
Preface to the Second Edition (1819)

  1. The Frog King, or Iron Henry
  2. Cat and Mouse As Partners
  3. Our Lady’s child
  4. The Tale of the Boy Who Set Out to Learn Fear
  5. The Wolf and the Seven Little Goats
  6. Faithful John
  7. The Good Bargain
  8. The Twelve Brothers
  9. The Pack of No-good, Low-life Ruffians
  10. Little Brother and Little Sister
  11. Rapunzel
  12. The Three Little Men in the Forest
  13. Hansel and Gretel
  14. The Tale of the Fisherman and His Wife
  15. The Brave Little Tailor
  16. Ashypet
  17. The Tale of the Mouse, the Bird, and the Sausage
  18. Mother Holle of the Snow
  19. The Seven Ravens
  20. Little Redcap
  21. The Bremen Town Band
  22. The Singing Bone
  23. The Devil With the Three Golden Hairs
  24. The Girl with No Hands
  25. Clever Hans
  26. Sensible Elsie
  27. The Table-Lay, the Gold-Donkey, and the club in the Sack
  28. Little Thumb
  29. Mrs. Fox’s Wedding
  30. The Robber Bridgegroom
  31. Godfather Death
  32. Thumbling’s Travels
  33. Fitcher’s Bird
  34. The Tale of the Juniper Tree
  35. Old Sultan
  36. The Six Swans
  37. Briar-Rose
  38. Founding-Bird
  39. Snow-White
  40. Knapsack, Hat, and Horn
  41. Rumpelstiltskin
  42. The Golden Bird
  43. The Golden Goose
  44. Coat o’ Skins
  45. Jorinda and Joringel
  46. The Three Children of Fortune
  47. Six Make Their Way Through the Whole World
  48. Grandfather and Grandson
  49. The Tale of Little Hen’s Death
  50. Hans in Luck
  51. The Fox and the Geese
  52. The Singing Soarking Lark
  53. The Goose-Girl
  54. The Young Giant
  55. The King of the Golden Mountain
  56. The Water of Life
  57. The Bearskin Man
  58. Tales of Toads and Adders
  59. The Jew in the Thorn Bush
  60. The Bright Sun Brings It To Light
  61. The Wilful Child
  62. The Devil and His Grandmother
  63. One-Eye, Two-Eyes, and Three-Eyes
  64. The Shoes That Were Danced to Tatters
  65. Iron John
  66. The Lord’s Beasts and the Devil’s
  67. The Little Shepherd Boy
  68. The Starry Coins
  69. The Stolen Farthing
  70. Reviewing the Bridges
  71. The Tale of Cockaigne
  72. A Tall Tale from Diethmarsch
  73. A Riddling Tale
  74. Sno-White and Rose-Red
  75. Sharing Joy and Sorrow
  76. The Moon
  77. The Messengers of Death
  78. The Unequal Children of Eve
  79. The Golden Key


  1. St. Joseph in the Forest
  2. The Rose
  3. Our Lady’s Goblet

Appendix A.        Selected Early Versions
Appendix B.        Selected Tales from the First Edition, Removed for the Second and Subsequent Editions
Appendix C.        Circular Letter Concerning the Collection of Folk Poesy
Appendix D. Wilhelm Gimm’s Last Reflections on the Märchen


Joyce Crick was, until her retirement, Senior Lecturer in German at University College London. She has translated widely, including texts by Hamann, Herder, Schlegel, Novalis, and Solger. For Oxford World's Classics she has translated Freud's The Interpretation of Dreams and for the new Penguin Freud series, The Joke and Its Relation to the Unconscious. She has edited the German material for the Princeton edition of Coleridge's Notebooks and his translation of Schiller's Wallenstein.